One of the key concerns within general practice in recent years is the ongoing rise in the costs of indemnity. GPs have made clear that they feel they have been subject to unsustainable, above-inflation rises in the amount they must pay to buy indemnity against clinical negligence. Concerns have also been raised about the potential for rising indemnity costs to discourage GPs from providing certain services including out-of-hours care.
The General Practice Forward View recognised these concerns and committed NHS England and the Department of Health to bringing forward proposals to address the rising costs of indemnity in general practice. A General Practice Indemnity Review was established in May to form an initial view of the issue.